Tony Clayton-Lea: caught between PJ Harvey and The Who. Photo by Andy Spearman (www.andyspearman.net)


I am an Irish-based freelance journalist/writer/editor who writes mostly on music, pop culture, film and travel for a variety of print and online outlets. Of the former, I write predominantly for The Irish Times, specifically for its Arts pages and its weekly music/movies/pop culture supplement, The Ticket. Within the pages of The Ticket, in particular, I review a broad range of pop/rock albums, as well as previewing gigs/concerts. I also contribute regularly to the arts/book pages in the Sunday Business Post Magazine.

My travel writing is published in a number of publications, including Cara (the award-winning Aer Lingus in-flight magazine, of which I have twice been editor) and the Sunday Business Post Magazine.

I primarily interview movie stars, musicians and authors for Cara; these have included Pierce Brosnan, Cate Blanchett, Gary Lightbody, Roddy Doyle, Will Ferrell, Brendan Gleeson, Glenn Close, Glen Hansard, Billy Bob Thornton, Anjelica Huston, Colin Farrell, Patrick McCabe, Cillian Murphy, Saoirse Ronan, Jeremy Irons, Aidan Turner, Sebastian Barry, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Martin Sheen, Sarah Greene, Gabriel Byrne, Deirdre O'Kane, Robert Sheehan, Charlie Murphy, Domhnaill Gleeson, Ruth Negga, and Aidan Gillen. I contribute frequently to national and international radio, including RTE and BBC. I am the author of six non-fiction, music-related books, the most recent (2011) of which is 101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die (Liberties Press).

In tandem with the above, I have rigorous editorial skills in the revision and refurbishment of website content, content strategy, Twitter 'sitter' services, and creative copywriting. I also regularly write press releases/biogs for music acts (some of which you know very well). I have been commissioned by various award-winning Irish hotels/restaurants to 'design' music for their public areas.

I regularly conduct public interviews with musicians, actors and authors within the scheduled programming of numerous arts and literary festivals (including the Galway International Arts Festival, Dublin Book Festival, Cuirt Literary Festival) and the National Concert Hall. I also host, moderate, and chair panel discussions and interviews at various events, festivals and conferences.

I am Chairman of the Judging Panel of the RTE Choice Music Prize, Ireland's most prestigious music awards event. I am also co-curator of the regular (and much praised) arts-oriented 'salon' event, Culture Vultures, which 'appears' at numerous venues in Dublin, as well as at various Irish music festivals (including Indiependence, BARE In The Woods, Ballincollig Winter Music Festival, Vantastival, and Castlepalooza).

If you'd like to discuss any project/work you think would suit my experience and skills, then don't hesitate to email me (tclaytonlea@gmail.com). You know the cliche about how if you want something done efficiently and done well, then it's best to contact someone who's very busy? That cliche is true, so get in touch...

In the meantime, many thanks for reading down to here!

Tony Clayton-Lea